Last spring I was given the opportunity to get an advanced look at some of Badlands’ new Bio-Thermic apparel. I received a pre-production prototype of the Velocity jacket, which convinced me that the Badlands line was going to be worth investigating further. (You can see my first impressions of the Velocity jacket HERE.) Since then I have picked up more pieces from the line; some of these items were given to me by Badlands and some items I purchased on my own.
I have waited until now to review these items because I didn’t want to make this review an “off the shelf” look at these items. I wanted to use these garments extensively and give you an accurate “in use” review of what I have been using, and in some case abusing, since early September.
I’ll share some of my overall impressions of the whole apparel line below, but first I will give you an opportunity to jump straight to the individual reviews of the items that I have used this season.
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The Badlands Apparel Line – Overall Impressions
Overall, I think that the Badlands apparel is a great set of clothing which can be suited to a wide variety of needs. In the past I have struggled to find the right set of hunting clothes to meet the demands of my long hunting seasons. I am glad that Badlands, like other modern hunting clothing manufacturers, has put together system where individual pieces can stand alone or be combined to work together and provide you with suitable apparel for a wide variety of weather conditions.
The Badlands apparel line reminds me a lot of their packs – both product lines are durable, functional, and obviously designed by hunters, for hunters. Badlands gives attention to little details, which make their designs stand out above the rest.
Materials – I love the materials that Badlands has put together for their apparel line. Both the fleece and insulated pieces provide adequate warmth without being bulky. Their soft shell material has an awesome stretch to it, so instead of binding with movement, the clothes work with you.
Design/Functionality – Speaking of materials, Badlands has put a lot of thought into which materials go where – even going so far as to utilize completely different types of fleece in one garment to target different areas of the body. Other nice design/functionality elements include the grip lining at the bottom of the jackets, the adjustable cuffs, the accessible pocket layouts, and the addition of the built-in, removable gators on the Momentum pant.
Construction – The construction of the Badlands gear is very good overall. The stitching is stout the fabrics are tough; I haven’t had any durability issues with rips, tears, snags, etc. One construction issue that I did encounter is a zipper that went off track on my Convection bibs – a minor problem that Badlands will repair or replace with their awesome warranty and customer service. It would be nice to see Badlands step up to the popular and trusted YKK zippers, but that said, I have not had any other issues with any of the zippers on the other Badlands pieces, which I have used extensively.
Fit – The overall ‘fit’ of the Badlands apparel could be considered ‘athletic’. I don’t know about you, but in the past I have struggled to find hunting clothes, especially hunting pants, that fit well. You don’t want something too baggy, but you don’t want something too restrictive. Badlands nails the fit of this line – it minimizes bulk and bagginess, but the stretch of the materials and articulation of the garment’s cut allows the pieces to move with you.
Overall – I would definitely recommend that you check out Badlands Bio-Thermic apparel line. If you are looking for a combination of quality, features, comfort and durability, then the Badlands apparel is a great option to consider. Quality hunting clothes won’t make you a better hunter, but they can make you hunt better – by enabling you to stay in the field longer during challenging and variable weather conditions.
View the complete lineup of Badlands’ Bio-Thermic Apparel at BadlandsPacks.com